Christmas in Prague is everything you expect it to be. The quintessential Eastern European city is an Instagram dream during the holidays. Baroque buildings and cobble stoned streets lit up for the holidays. If you’re lucky, a rare light layer of snow pairs well with Prague’s famous Christmas markets. Though cold, Prague has more than enough cozy cafés to warm you up and enough Czech beer to fake warmth.
The city begins the holiday season at the end of November with a traditional tree lighting ceremony in Old Town Square. This year it’s been cancelled, but you can still find the 74 foot tree in Prague’s historic square this winter.
Christmas Markets in Prague
The Old Town Square (Staroměstské náměstí) Christmas market runs from November 28th 2015 until January 6rd 2016. Complete with traditional, hearty Czech foods, like pork knuckle and potato dumplings.
Prague Castle Christmas Market is new this year and closes on January 3rd, 2016.
Prague’s Wenceslas Square also has a market, but to be honest they are all similar. In Prague, I stayed at Hostel Orange, located in the square, which had easy access to all parts of Prague.
For something a bit different, try out Christmas Jirak Farmer’s Market. It showcases fresh handmade artisan foods, offers Christmas workshops, and live music.
Where to Eat in Prague
Most places will be closed December 24th as it’s Czech tradition to have family dinner on Christmas Eve rather than on Christmas Day. In true Prague fashion, you’ll find open pubs at night and more so on Christmas Day, where you can have your fill of hot wine and hot mead. It’s clearly obvious Prague has a serious drinking culture. I’m with it.
Christmas in Prague oozes holiday spirit– the decorations, the fairytale atmosphere, and endless supply of hot wine. It’s a worthwhile destination for holiday travels.
What other places do you love for holiday travel?